I am using natbib to format my references. I know how to add text to citations using


But now I would like to have say something like this:

some more text (Darwin, 1859, but see Carroll 1865)

Does anyone know how to do this?

  • Welcome to TeX.SE. – Mico May 25 '19 at 11:20

The citation call-out macros of the natbib package let you place a \cite-like instruction inside the optional argument of another \cite-like instruction.

E.g., assuming the bibliographic entries have keys darwin and carroll, your typographic objective can be met by writing

\citep[but see \citealt{carroll}]{darwin}

A more tedious way to obtain the same output might be:

\citetext{\citealp{darwin}, but see \citealt{darwin}}

A full MWE:

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@misc{darwin, author="Charles Darwin", year=1859}
@misc{carroll,author="Lewis Carroll",  year=1865}

\bibliographystyle{unsrtnat} % select a suitable bib style

\dots\ \citep[but see \citealt{carroll}]{darwin} \dots
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